Vidya Atre Mirmira has extensive experience in complex corporate litigation, employment and ERISA litigation, whistleblower issues and investigations, and legal ethics.
Illustrative of her practice, Vidya has represented global corporations in ERISA litigation and financial services litigation; corporations and individuals in a number of employment-related disputes; and leading law firms and their attorneys in proceedings before the District of Columbia Office of Bar Counsel. Vidya also advises on whistleblower issues and represents clients in related litigations and proceedings.
Born in India, Vidya grew up in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She graduated Purdue University, summa cum laude, in 1996, earning a B.S. in electrical engineering and a minor in economics. Vidya received her J.D., cum laude, from the University of Chicago Law School, where she was co-founder and executive editor of the Chicago Journal of International Law. She joined Williams & Connolly in 2001 after clerking for Chief Judge Carolyn Dineen King of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
Vidya is a member of Williams & Connolly’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee, Associate Evaluation Committee, and Discovery Attorney Committee. She has previously served on the firm’s Hiring Committee.
Though all cases vary and none is predictive, Vidya’s experience includes:
- Represented global wealth management firm in a confidential, binding arbitration of discrimination claims, with the Arbitrator returning a decision in favor of firm on all claims
- Representing Intel in putative ERISA class actions filed in Northern District of California, one of which will be argued in the United States Supreme Court this term
- Represented Board of portfolio company of global private equity firm in internal investigation of senior executive alleging unfair treatment
- Represented leading private equity firm in whistleblower litigation in federal and state courts, resulting in dismissal of all claims with no payment by defendants
- Conducted internal investigation of executive’s claims against senior management for publicly-traded company’s audit committee
- Conducted internal investigation of whistleblower complaint for global private equity firm.
- Represented privately-held company in various employment-related matters, including non-compete/non-solicitation issues and payment disputes
- Represented global financial institution in a series of related litigations arising from its role as an indenture trustee
- Defended company against discrimination complaints filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, securing dismissal of one complaint and successfully resolving another
- Defended publicly-traded corporation against charges of sexual harassment and race and gender discrimination in federal court litigation
- Represented leading global professional services company in ERISA breach of fiduciary duty litigation alleging negligent investment advice
- Represented clients in proceedings in Office of Bar Counsel in District of Columbia
- Represented leading private equity fund against multi-million dollar claims from an investor. Huffington v. T.C. Group, LLC, 685 F. Supp. 2d 239 (D. Mass. 2010) (motion to dismiss granted), affirmed 637 F.3d 18 (1st Cir. 2011).
- Defended global corporation and officers in ERISA class action. Nelson v. IPALCO Enterprises, Inc., 480 F. Supp. 2d 1061 (S.D. Ind. 2007) (defense trial verdict), affirmed Nelson v. Hodowal, 512 F.3d 347 (7th Cir. 2008).
- Represented international law firm in multiple proceedings arising from law firm’s representation of Enron, prevailing on motion to dismiss in the ERISA litigation and obtaining voluntary dismissal by shareholder class of other claims without any payment
- Defended national law firms in a number of professional malpractice cases
- Represented start-up venture in AAA arbitration against global health care company
- Represented individuals with claims of harassment and discrimination against major corporations
Selected to Washington, D.C. “Rising Stars” list, Super Lawyers, 2015